Just a few years before the United States entered the second global war, the U.S. service rifle changed from the bolt-action M1903 Springfield, to the gas-piston-operated semi-automatic M1 Garand. This standard issue rifle changed the game for our troops with its ability to fire repeatedly, shots of .30-’06 Springfield, as fast as one could squeeze the trigger. Mark Keefe hosts this week’s NRA Gun of the Week—a vintage rifle that some may say changed modern warfare.
• Make: U.S. Springfield Armory • Model: M1 Garand • Chambering: .30-’06 Sprg. • Action: gas-operated semi-automatic rifle • Receiver: forged steel, Parkerized • Barrel: 23.5”, Parkerized • Magazine: eight-round, en-bloc clip • Sights: rear aperture adjustable for windage and elevation; protected post front • Trigger: 7-lb., 3-oz. pull • Stock: walnut